The 10 Commandments of Logic

  1. Thou shalt not attack the person’s character, but the argument. (Ad Hominen fallacy)
  2. Thou shalt not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (Straw Man fallacy)
  3. Thou shalt not use small numbers to represent the whole. (Hasty Generalization fallacy)
  4. Thou shalt not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. (Begging the Question fallacy)
  5. Thou shalt not claim that because something occurred before that it must be the cause. (Post Hoc/False Cause fallacy)
  6. Thou shalt not reduce the argument down to two possibilities. (False Dichotomy fallacy)
  7. Thou shalt not argue that because of our ignorance the claim must be true or false. (Ad Ignoratum fallacy)
  8. Thou shalt not lay the burden of proof onto the person who is questioning the claim. (Burden of Proof Reversal fallacy)
  9. Thou shalt not assume that “this” follows from “that” when there is no logical connection. (Non Sequitur fallacy)
  10. Thou shalt not claim that because a premise is popular that it must be true. (Bandwagon fallacy),

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